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Getting COVID-19 vaccine to underserved areas in North Las Vegas

Posted at 9:48 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 02:27:01-05

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — City of North Las Vegas and Clark County officials highlighted efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to under-vaccinated areas during a briefing Wednesday morning at a “pop-up” vaccination clinic at the Martin Luther King Senior Center.

The senior center clinic is operating on an appointment-only basis, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday for seniors age 70 and older.

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Seniors can register for an appointment by calling 702-342-8417.

In North Las Vegas, three ZIP codes representing ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities - 89030, 89031 and 89032 - consistently have some of the highest COVID-19 case numbers.

These ZIP codes are also experiencing some of the lowest vaccination rates in Clark County.

“Just as we have done throughout the pandemic and with the CARES relief dollars the City received, we are doubling down on our efforts to reach the neighborhoods and people most impacted,” said Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown.

“We are going out into the community to reach seniors to encourage them and enable them," she said. "We want to make sure our most vulnerable population has access to this life-saving vaccine.”

“We are committed to working with our local, state and federal partners to ensure that all members of our community who want a vaccine will get one,” said Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II.

“Our strategies include targeting hard-hit areas with community health teams that will bring vaccine opportunities directly into neighborhoods to improve access," added McCurdy. "We also want to encourage those who are tech-savvy to help their friends, neighbors and relatives book appointments online.”

Extensive, regional community outreach is underway. Ongoing efforts and events include:

  • Pop-up registration sites at neighborhood grocery stores,
  • Pop-up vaccination sites in under-vaccinated areas,
  • Bilingual phone calls to residents in the targeted ZIP codes,
  • Bilingual emails to residents in the targeted ZIP codes,
  • Public service announcements in English and Spanish on community radio stations and in grocery stores in under-vaccinated areas,
  • Working with federal and state delegation, including Congressman Steven Horsford, to reach constituents and secure additional doses of vaccine for Nevada.

“Vaccine supply remains very limited right now, so it is imperative that we do everything we can to make sure the vaccine is readily accessible to the most vulnerable populations,” said North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, who also serves as Southern Nevada Health District Board Chairman.

“Now is the time to turn those low vaccination rates around in our hardest-hit areas.”